Lake Ozark Strip Improvements

1 decade 11 months 3 weeks ago October 04, 2005 Oct 4, 2005 Tuesday, October 04 2005 Tuesday, October 04, 2005 5:37:51 PM CDT in News
Beth Platter, a Lake Ozark business owner, says her store is quieter now that the tourists have left for Fall, but she hopes that will change with new city improvements.

"I think it will be great. I think anything they can do to make the strip more family friendly is a good thing," Platter says.

The city of Lake Ozark is starting the second phase of a revitalization project for the strip. New beaches, sidewalks, and easier access to stores are a few of the improvements. Mayor Paul Sale says these improvements are overdue.

"The strip has been here for a very long time and it's grown old and it's getting very run down," Sale says.

It's been two years since the first stage of the revitalization project was completed and business owners say they have seen some positive changes. Now they hope the same thing will happen with the second stage. The project will cost $680,000. A federal grant pays for 70% of the project and 30% comes from the general tax revenue.

"It will generate a bigger tax base because the more inviting we make it to our tourists and our customers and make better sidewalks, then our tax base is going to increase," Sale says.

This stage just improves one side of the strip, but Lake Ozark city officials says there are more stages to come. Workers should complete this project by Spring, before the tourists return.

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